Global Product Manager

Palatine, IL

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The Product Manager will be responsible for driving strategic, profitable growth within the Global Grills product portfolio. This position is responsible for new product development planning, business and competitive analysis, consumer research, and cross-functional team leadership.  The GPM will be responsible for identifying trends, product, price point, sales opportunities and business strategy plans and analysis, while leading strategic projects through a stage-gate development process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Growth:

  • Deliver short and long-range business and financial (revenue and profit) goals
  • Develop and execute 5-year category growth strategies. Establish and track key metrics across multiple projects reporting out to leadership regularly.
  • Lead business case development for new product, category or channel concepts. Business analysis necessary to make fact-based go/no-go decisions.
  • Partner globally to recommend and evaluate product pricing and quantify expected impact on volume and margins.
  • Utilize data analysis and data sources to anticipate business trends, competitive activity, understand implications, and make sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Assist with department budget development and management as needed.

Team Leadership:

  • Partner with Research & Development to drive new product/channel strategy and pipeline and regular product line/SKU review and decisions.
  • Lead cross-functional business team to achieve strategic product objectives, and develop contingency plans and responses to changing marketplace conditions.
  • Lead new product launch partnering with the commercialization teams in the development and execution of detailed commercialization product plans.
  • Continuously improve cross-functional planning, team alignment, stage-gate development, and decision-making processes.

Marketing Responsibilities:

  • Provide category direction to Marketing team and collaborate on development of go-to market plans.
  • Partner with consumer insights to plan and execute key research initiatives. Synthesize information from market and product research findings to develop insights that guide strategic and tactical plans.
  • Provide input on packaging strategy, branding, packaging change process and planning, claims and product descriptions in collaboration with Product and Marketing. Participate in merchandising development for point-of-purchase/impact at shelf

Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in consumer products or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA preferred
  • 5+ years of demonstrable successes in global consumer product marketing, brand or product management experience for branded products including cross-functional brand or product team leadership and business management.
  • Demonstrates high business acumen and has substantive experience with, and, understanding of P&L management including management of a significant consumer brand with P&L responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically with a general management orientation.
  • Cross-functional understanding and ability to achieve business results through strategic involvement of finance, operations, research & development, marketing, and operations.
  • Well developed leadership skills including the ability to inspire others, set direction/vision, drive innovation, get results through others, manage change, develop organization/team, coach and develop across the team.
  • Business analysis and planning experience including sound judgment and decision-making. Exceptional analytical thinking skills including the ability to see trends, identify implications and use depth and breadth of experience to focus on what’s important.
  • Adaptable, resilient, flexible, fast-paced/sense of urgency, and a drive to win.
  • Ability to travel up to 20%


  • Must be detail oriented but able to present the big picture.
  • Influential in building positive partnerships with cross-functional teams
  • Strong leadership, change management, and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Forward thinking and strategic skills, high emotional intelligence
  • Must be able to handle multiple priorities in efficient manner


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